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Yemisi Ayemi

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Yemisi retired as Managing Director of Shell Nig. Closed Pension Fund Administrator Limited in April 2015.

She is a 1985 honors graduate of Economics from the prestigious University of Manchester, UK, and a 1989 Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Yemisi started her professional career with Price Waterhouse, London in 1985 where she spent 5 years working her way through a variety of increasingly senior Audit roles before moving to the Firm’s Corporate Reconstruction and Insolvency team in 1990. She returned to Nigeria in 1991 as a Senior Manager in the Corporate Finance Team of Price Waterhouse, Lagos.

In 1994, she joined Shell Nigeria and held a wide variety of roles during her 21 years with Shell. In November 2004, she was appointed Finance Director, Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company Ltd. (SNEPCo), earning her the distinction of being the first Nigerian woman to be appointed to the Board of a Shell Company in Nigeria.

Until her retirement, Yemisi was a Council Member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the Chair of the Exchange’s Demutualization and Technical Committees. She was also Vice Chair, Pension Fund Operators’ Association and the Chair of the Association’s Institute Committee; Chair of LEAP Africa and a member of the Executive Committee of WIMBIZ.

She is currently the Chairperson of NASCON Allied Industries plc, Non-Executive Director of Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Ltd and Guinness Nigeria plc; and a member of the Investment Committee of Acumen Fund Inc. She is also a member of the Leadership Council of the Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation and Vice-Chair of the Queen’s College Old Girls’ Association’s Board of Trustees.